Davos Forum: a platform for solutions or a party of millionaires


On Tuesday, the World Economic Forum opened for the 50th time in the Swiss Davos ski resort. The opening speeches of the forum guests were welcomed by the WEF founder Klaus Schwab and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.


How it all began?


The world-famous forum now began back in January 1971 as a purely European event. Then the Bretton Woods international system of monetary relations and trade settlements, established after the war, shook.

A new “gold standard” flew with its hard-fixed price of gold in US dollars, exchange rates that had previously been firmly established by states floated. Politicians and business leaders were confused, not knowing how to act in the new conditions of competition.

At that time, Swiss professor Klaus Schwab suggested holding a symposium to discuss the problem. Under the auspices of the Commission of the European Communities (now the European Commission), about 450 heads of leading European companies gathered in the resort Davos. They discussed the prospects for the global economy and worked out a common strategy for European business. Hence the first name of Davos - the European Management Forum.

After world business has mastered the new realities and developed a new system of relations (not the state, but the market dictates everything, including exchange rates), fixed at a conference in Jamaica in 1976, “sharks of capitalism” will stretch from all over the world to Davos.

The era of globalization of the world economy began. The quiet apartments of the resort hotel addressed the most important issues of business and politics, the main one of which was Global Competitiveness. Specialists of the forum first prepared a report under this name in 1979. Since then, this document became annual, and the event in Davos received international status, which was finally fixed in its name in 1987.

"Vanity Fair"


Over the years, the WEF has become a kind of incubator of global initiatives, often far from the economy. So on the Davos agenda appeared the “Report on the global gender gap”, health initiatives (combating HIV / AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria), ecology (activist Greta Tunberg from Sweden is in the focus of attention on the “hit of the season” at present Davos). The forum began to nurture Young Global Leaders, etc.

The new agenda has attracted the attention of many politicians, high-ranking officials. They are now regulars at the WEF. This year, for example, almost three out of three thousand forum participants. In Davos, there are now heads of 53 states and governments, heads of international organizations, including UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, IMF head Kristalina Georgieva, U.S. President Donald Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Ecuador President Lenin Moreno.

The name of the Ecuadorian leader caused some exaltation in the world media. They are filled with ironic headlines.

Fourth Swabian Revolution


For business leaders, Davos is still important. It provides an opportunity to meet with a large number of colleagues in one trip. In addition, discuss new methods of using financial resources, transnational interaction, etc.

After all, the principles of mergers and acquisitions of companies, the use of secondary securities for debt obligations and other instruments for replenishing the pockets of moneybags in the world were born in Davos. Although such topics are not specifically advertised.

However, these innovations of global business have several times decently shook the world. Therefore, in recent years, forums have been accompanied by active protests of anti-globalists. Their current actions are held back today by 5000 Swiss troops and thousands of police officers.

The WEF founder in Davos, Klaus Schwab, realized that the forum was losing its former value, and decided to revive it with new initiatives. In 2016, Schwab announced the onset of the “Fourth Industrial Revolution,” based on transhumanism.

This term came to us from Dante's Divine Comedy. It grew into a philosophical concept, and then into an international movement that supports the use of science and technology to improve a person’s ability to eliminate his suffering, illness, aging and death.

Schwab was interested in the idea of ​​transhumanists about the convergence (convergence) of biological, informational, cognitive and nanotechnologies. So the forum in Davos has a new meaning, not yet fully understood and, moreover, realized.

The session “Quantum Challenges of the Future” and a business breakfast with the theme “Personal Transformation in the Digital Age” partly fit into the new concept of Schwab from the current program of the “Russian House” site. The rest is typical for Davos, the kind of troubling suffering like the discussion “Is culture capable of being a driver of respectful relations between Russia and the West” or the session “Inequality as a barrier to economic growth”.

The Russian delegation at the forum is led by ex-Minister of Economic Development Maxim Oreshkin. High representation of Russia spoils Davos not often. Vladimir Putin was on the forum once - in 2009. Dmitry Medvedev traveled to Davos three times.

There was not much use from these trips. So, they showed themselves - they looked at people. In fact, the Davos forum is losing its significance. The world economic agenda has confidently gone to the fields of the GXNUMX summit, and is often resolved alone. Consulting with each other at the current financial and political elites has become almost a bad man, and trade wars with sanctions fights are going on almost all over the world. The forum itself, from a platform for making important economic decisions, has turned, by and large, into a party of millionaires and billionaires, one watch and jewelry of which could contain a couple of countries of Asia and Africa for a rather long time.
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  1. Keyser soze 22 January 2020 07: 50 New
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    And now let's give the main thing about the last Davos that the author missed - discussion and criticism of modern capitalism from the heads of the largest companies. Discussion of the gap between rich and poor and inequality in the world.

    Before Davos, many sociological surveys and analyzes from large agencies came out, which showed that people in many countries of the developed world no longer find modern capitalism useful and successful.
    1. Same lech 22 January 2020 07: 53 New
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      . Discussion of the gap between rich and poor and inequality in the world.

      Yes, yes, let's discuss how wolves will make kebab of sheep ... not for the first time the rich are going to this forum ... but there are more poor ... a bunch of rich people do not seek to reduce this inequality.
      1. Keyser soze 22 January 2020 07: 56 New
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        and there are more poor ... a bunch of rich people do not seek to reduce this inequality.


        I think you do not expect Davos and millionaires to solve the problems of our world. They simply state that if this continues, they will go through revolutions and unrest.
        1. Same lech 22 January 2020 07: 59 New
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          They simply state that if this continues, they will go through revolutions and unrest.

          Well, this is a typical fear for their looted property and social status ... they will not come up with anything new ... they will throw a bone from their table and will observe the behavior of those below them in position.
          Rebuild the fundamental things of capitalism, these snickering bourgeois will never.
          1. Keyser soze 22 January 2020 08: 02 New
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            Rebuild the fundamental things of capitalism, these snickering bourgeois will never.


            And of course they won’t ... and we won’t, because we are old to raise the revolution. But the youth will not tolerate this and will turn left, right and wherever they can.
            1. Same lech 22 January 2020 08: 05 New
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              Alas crying ... again, let's go around the historical circle.
              1. bessmertniy 22 January 2020 08: 25 New
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                Millionaires are too far from the people. In tsarist Russia there were also many patrons who spared the poor. But in the end, while the poor did not take away from the rich what they could, the problem remained unresolved. negative
                1. Same lech 22 January 2020 08: 29 New
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                  Again ... all these sores of capitalism have long been known from the works of Karl Marx, in the modern world capitalism has mutated a bit due to technological progress, well, its essence remains the same as many centuries ago ... Earth’s resources will gradually be depleted and a fierce battle between sharks capitalism for their possession ... the common people here will be like a bargaining chip.
                  1. bessmertniy 22 January 2020 08: 37 New
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                    The battle will be between sharks, and ordinary people without capital will die for them. request
        2. solzh 22 January 2020 11: 12 New
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          Quote: Keyser Soze
          I think you do not expect Davos and millionaires to solve the problems of our world. They simply state that if this continues, they will go through revolutions and unrest.

          They will not solve and do not solve the problems of the world. They decide and decide how to become richer. Below Svarog wrote:
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          This forum is a party where moneybags satisfy gastronomic interest and discuss how to get rich even more.

          So, besides this, they still measure their "dignity" or "wealth" there, in short measure their wealth. Something like that I think ...
        3. tihonmarine 22 January 2020 11: 40 New
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          Quote: Keyser Soze
          They simply state that if this continues, they will go through revolutions and unrest.

          And who needs this statement of facts. Well, things will not go beyond the statement. Or do you think the rich will give their capital to the poor. Here's how to lower the last skin from the poor, they will decide unconditionally.
      2. antivirus 22 January 2020 08: 43 New
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        a forum is needed to coordinate the interests of billionaires - not countries and people, the whole world had to "PREPARE" for billionaires and their decisions. She left (she lived from Europe), new owners appeared in the world (and Europe will be soon) - the Bulgarians are forgivable to believe in a good uncle from Berlin)
        1. Same lech 22 January 2020 08: 49 New
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          From 2009 to 2018, senders withdrew 141,4 billion dollars (5,64 trillion rubles) from Russia through payment systems. The amount of transfers in the opposite direction is 28,76 billion (1,26 trillion), thus, the difference over ten years exceeded $ 100 billion - 4,38 trillion rubles. Such data were obtained by FinExpertiza, the Rambler reports. Next: https://finance.rambler.ru/economics/43539083/?
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      3. Svarog 22 January 2020 08: 55 New
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        Quote: The same Lech
        Yes, yes, let's discuss how the wolves will make kebab of sheep ... not for the first time the rich are going to this forum ... but the poor have become more ..

        This forum is a party where moneybags satisfy gastronomic interest and discuss how to get rich even more.
        1. tihonmarine 22 January 2020 11: 48 New
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          Quote: Svarog
          This forum is a party where moneybags satisfy gastronomic interest and discuss how to get rich even more.

          Well, if these forums are rich, as you call it, then by "concepts" it can be called a "gathering of authorities."
      4. knn54 22 January 2020 09: 25 New
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        "Who does not know how to relax, he does not know how to work." V.I. Lenin.
        The leader of the world proletariat spent a lot of time ("usefully") in Switzerland. So one thing does not interfere with the other ...
      5. tihonmarine 22 January 2020 11: 36 New
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        Quote: The same Lech
        Yes, yes, let's discuss how the wolves will make barbecue from sheep ... not for the first time the rich gather at this forum.

        The rich gather to decide how to make the poor even poorer.
    2. iouris 22 January 2020 20: 16 New
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      Quote: Keyser Soze
      people in many countries of the developed world no longer find modern capitalism useful and successful.

      You cannot please these people: they didn’t like communism, now they don’t like capitalism! On the other hand, who is asking them? How cute they will fulfill the historical decisions of Greta Tunberg (or whatever it is?). So Trump in Davos already swore allegiance to Greta's covenants. But to obtain indulgence, he had to sail on a yacht and walk to Davos.
  2. Uncle lee 22 January 2020 07: 53 New
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    at a party of millionaires and billionaires
    Therefore, there are our nouveau riche and hang around!
  3. Mavrikiy 22 January 2020 07: 54 New
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    The Russian delegation at the forum is led by ex-Minister of Economic Development Maxim Oreshkin. Dmitry Medvedev traveled to Davos three times
    .You are at the door, they are at the window. (Vysotsky)
  4. rocket757 22 January 2020 07: 57 New
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    How it all began?

    As it began, even ideas could be necessary, good!
    "Vanity Fair"

    But it becomes and will end HOW ALWAYS!
  5. Nikitich 22 January 2020 08: 31 New
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    one watch and jewelry which could contain a couple of countries in Asia and Africa for a fairly long time.


    Is it a rebuke or pride in one's own?
  6. bober1982 22 January 2020 11: 14 New
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    What is typical - for the first time, the agenda of the meeting includes such issues as: the rights of perverts, gender equality. The problems of the world economy are fading into the background.
    Russia does not need Davos, and Davos does not need Russia. And this is good.
  7. Strashila 22 January 2020 11: 29 New
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    I like other discussions where Russian plumbers with diplomatic passports of detainees are suspected of possible hacking somewhere in the summer.
  8. max702 24 January 2020 08: 50 New
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    Does it seem to me alone that all this is a cheap production? All these participants do not decide anything .. At best, they voice someone’s opinion .. But in fact, a village fair with mummers clowns .. For example, those who traveled from Russia all the years confirm this thesis .. There is not much sense in this .. Hang out cheeks ponadal and at home, a sort of corporate party with a free buffet reception team building horseradish ..